Students gathered on the Memorial Union patio at lunchtime Monday to hold a rally in honor of World AIDS Day and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. In the United States, up to 25 percent of the HIV infected population are undiagnosed and unaware of their status, according to the Yolo County Public Health Department. In California there have been almost 180,000 cases since reporting began, and over 280 cases in Yolo County.
The county is operating a World AIDS Day information table inside the MU from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Wednesday and handing out free red ribbons and condoms. The AIDS quilt, a memorial quilt created by loved ones of those who have died from the disease, is also on display at the Mondavi center through Wednesday.